The student becomes the master

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe work-based learning student handbook
EditorsRuth Helyer, Tony Wall, Ann Minton, Amy Lund
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameMacmillan Study Skills
PublisherMacmillan International Higher Education
This chapter covers what practitioners conversant in the power and flexibility of WBL can do to help and support others and will show the complete learning circle from student to master.

When the student has completed their formal Work-based Learning (WBL) journey they are ready to share their knowledge and expertise and this can be done through facilitation, supervision, mentoring and guidance. This chapter will explore the range of opportunities available to contribute to work-related learning through Work-integrated Learning (WIL). This term has become increasingly popular in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand presents a variety of models such as; mentoring, work placements, sandwich years, fieldwork, employer partnerships, employer projects, continual professional development (CPD), etc.

The aim of this chapter is to inspire the newly qualified WBL practitioner to continue their own learning through facilitating and encouraging the learning of their own colleagues, peers, employees etc. The WBL graduate will be able to consider how their work can best facilitate the learning of less experienced Work-based learners, be it through WBL or WIL, partnering with HEIs and training institutions. Case studies will be used to illustrate the impact of these initiatives on both the students and the supervisors, who are drawing upon their own experience of WBL.

This final chapter is a call to action to inspire the WBL graduate to pass on the baton of learning to the next generation, by presenting a range of opportunities to share their work related learning expertise.

    Research areas

  • work-based learning, WBL, Apprenticeships, Life-long learning, Vocational qualifications

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